The Arbiter of Opportunity
To judge by the remarks of experienced soldiers from every era, logistics ranks among the most crucial elements contributing to military success. Yet, for the student of strategy, the subject of supply has become similar to oatmeal and chicken soup. Everyone agrees that it is good for you, but nobody is enthusiastic enough to say much more than that. To paraphrase one dedicated supporter oflogistical studies, this topic has the same level of appeal as a postgame interview with a football team's water boy.l It is, however, the purpose of this study to show, not only that supply officers perform an indispensable service, but that logistics ought to excite us, because it helps to set the stage upon which strategists act, and therefore ranks among the factors which decide the course and outcome of a war.